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About menopause

Thirty years ago, menopause signified the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles and fertility. While by definition that is a true statement, “menopause” brings with it an entirely different meaning with today’s woman – it signifies a new chapter in life, unique to each individual.

What is Menopause, etc.?

  • Menopause has occurred when you have not had a period for one year as the result of your ovaries no longer producing estrogen and progesterone. 
  • Natural menopause occurs as a normal result of the aging process, typically between the age of 40 to 60, but it can occur earlier or later depending on your body, medical history, and genetics. 
  • Menopause can be “induced” by an external agent or event, such as removal of the ovaries (know as surgical menopause), chemotherapy or illness. Surgical menopause may trigger more severe symptoms due to the sudden loss of hormones. 
  • If menopause is reached prior to age 40, it is considered “premature.” 
  • Perimenopause is the period of time prior to menopause when symptoms are common, indicating that your body is in a period of transition. 
  • You are considered post-menopausal once you have not had a period for one year.

Common symptoms can include: 

  • Infertility
  • Hot flashes/night sweats
  • Poor sleep
  • Changes in menses
  • Vaginal dryness
  • UTIs/Bladder infections
  • Poor concentration
  • Mood irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Bone loss
  • Lipid changes
  • Skin dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Dry eyes
  • Osteoarthritis
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